On April 9th the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent liability in the amount of $144,000 to The Supply Room in Oxford, Alabama. On the same day a $126,000 N-A-L was imposed on Taylor Oilfield Manufacturing in Broussard, Louisiana. In both cases the FCC received anonymous tips that cell phone jamming was occurring at both businesses. Using direction finding FCC agents discovered strong wideband emissions in the cellular bands that they determined to be one or more signal jammers at each site. On inspection, both the Supply Room and Taylor Oilfield Manufacturing admitted to the agents that they had each purchased a number of cellphone signal jammers off of the Internet from overseas sources. And here's where it really gets interesting. Not only did each business freely admit to purchasing and using the cellphone jammers but their excuses were interesting as well. In the case of the Supply Room, it's general manager admitted that the jammers were in place to prevent its employees from using their cellular phones while working. Not only that, but that the devices had been in operation for more than two years before they were caught. Meantime, managers at Taylor Oilfield Manufacturing told FCC that the devices were also being utilized to prevent its employees from using their cellular phones while working, but in this case following a near-miss industrial accident. One that the company alleges was partially attributable to employee cell phone use. While both companies voluntarily surrendered their jammers to the FCC, that did not help mitigate the penalties that have been imposed. In fact, the FCC told both companies that they must submit payment in full by May 9th or file a written appeal.